Our People


The President

The President of Girl Guides Victoria is the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria.

On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role.

Immediately before her appointment as Governor, she was President of the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee and a national Board member of the Trust, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready, a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation, and a Patron of Sports Connect.

In 2010 the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law, and the community.

State Commissioner

The State Commissioner for Girl Guides Victoria is Mrs Lynne Emblin. She assumed this role in January 2014 after serving as Assistant State Commissioner for the previous two years.

“It is a great privilege for me to be State Commissioner of Girl Guides Victoria. I follow in the footsteps of many pioneering women who gave our organisation such a firm foundation to build on. For over 100 years many girls and women have benefited from the knowledge gained through being a guide and ¬†we are very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who are prepared to share their expertises to ensure our girls have a positive experience.

We are also part of global community and this provides our members with opportunities to connect with guides and girl scouts around the world.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my term as State Commissioner as I travel around Victoria.”

Lynne Emblin
State Commissioner

Governance Chair

The Governance Chair of the Executive Committee of Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Margaret Hansford.  She has been a member of the Executive Committee since May 2015 and Governance Chair since January 2017.

Margaret is a Management Consultant and has experience in service provision, policy management and program development.

Chief Executive Officer (Acting)

The Acting Chief Executive Officer for Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Amanda Kelly. She commenced with Girl Guides Victoria in August 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer.




Executive Team

Tess Birch

Occupation: Lawyer
Executive Member since: 6 June 2016
Experience: Legal experience, governance, corporate fund raising, guiding experience


Holly Bracken

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Executive Member since: 28 May 2011
Experience: Education, administration, leadership experience and strong Guiding experience

Ann Cook

Occupation: Retired Manager, Research and Writing
Executive Member since: 30 May 2015
Experience: Administration, extensive Guiding knowledge, personnel management

Lynne Emblin

Occupation: Physiotherapist
Executive Member since: 1 January 2014
Experience: Extensive Guiding experience, personnel management

Nadine Gaskell

Occupation: Biodiversity Leader, Local Government
Executive Member since: 21 August 2017
Experience: Policy, strategy, planning and community education programs


Margaret Hansford

Occupation: Management Consultant
Executive Member since: 30 May 2015
Experience: Service provision, policy management, program development


Janelle Howell

Occupation:  Risk Management
Executive Member since:  30 May 2015
Experience:  Risk and compliance experience, governance


Natalie James

Occupation: Accountant
Executive Member since: 1 July 2012
Experience: Finance, management and strategic planning


Vase Jovanoska

Occupation: Operations and Financial Leader, Non-profit sector
Executive Member since: 21 August 2017
Experience: Business Administration, Health and Human Services Management, Finance


Elise Melican

Occupation: Paralegal
Executive Member since: 28 May 2011
Experience: Governance, legislative compliance and policy making

Pam Woodhams

Occupation: School Administration
Executive Member since: 1 March 2011
Experience: Finance, management



Members of the Management Team

Members of the Staff Team